Friday, 5 July 2013

Hafal Open Day

Foto by John Gilheaney
I've had an absolutely fabulous time at Hafal Open Day in Llanhilleth. How blessed am I in my work to have such fun doing it! Well done everyone for a great Day!
Earlier on this year I worked for 6 weeks with quite a large group of people who started attending Ukulele and Song writing with me funded by Head for Arts via Menu for Life and organised by the centre manager, Malcom, who is such a lovely chap.
I think is probably one of the resaons why Hafal feels like a great place to be. Like today, at the Open Day, there were all sorts of Hafal staff there from Regional Managers to smiley chaps in Bermuda shorts 'from Head Office' but no one walked around wearing their job title! Everyone mucked in, smiled and quite honestly, you wouldn't have known who was staff and who wasn't. This opens up a warm welcoming place for people to be, a place where the space is owned by the people who use the space, not the people who manage it, which is just the way I think it should be! In fact, I want to work with Hafal!
Anyways, we wrote 2 FAB songs this morning which we then performed when the Mayor and Councillors turned up ... the Mayor actually joined in, having been in a skiffle band himself in the 50's.
I LOVE skiffle having toured for some time with Lonnie Donegan, the King of Skiffle himself, not long before he passed away, bless him.
Anyways, the Mayor offered to show us how to play a plastic ashtray, which sadly we didn't have on us, but he will come back and teach everyone how to play it with a two pence piece!
So, thanks Hafal for providing such a wonderful service for people who find that they need extra help with their mental health. Thanks everyone for wanting me back so bad for the Open Day that you managed to get the funding! Thanks to my old friends and colleagues at Head For Arts for funding today via Menu for Life, thanks everyone for coming ...

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